2017-18 NBA Rookies Take Center Stage for Team USA at FIBA World Cup – The final roster for the 2019 USA Men’s FIBA World Cup team contains several of the NBA’s emerging and future stars. Many of these players were selected, by their respective NBA teams, in the much heralded 2017 NBA Draft Class. Here is a link to the complete Team USA roster.
2017-18 NBA Rookies Take Center Stage for Team USA – The Players
The rookie cards of these players will see a bump in demand with the global attention the FIBA World Cup will receive. This is particularly true for players of the 2017 NBA Draft Class that includes the following. (Links go to Future Watch Player Profiles.)
- Kyle Kuzma, Forward – Brooklyn Nets, 2017 (Round: 1 / Pick: 27)
- Donovan Mitchell, Guard – Denver Nuggets, 2017 (Round: 1 / Pick: 13)
- Jayson Tatum, Forward – Boston Celtics 2017 (Round: 1 / Pick: 3)
- Derrick White, Guard – San Antonio Spurs 2017 (Round: 1 / Pick: 29)
Each of these players is considered a building block for each of their respective teams. Ownership for each of these organizations has high hopes for these young players. To date, Donovan Mitchell has been the most impressive player from this list. He should have, arguably, been the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year.
These player’s rookie cards, including RPAs and autographs can all be found in products released by Panini America during the 2017-18 NBA season. As the hype of a new season shifts to Zion Williamson, NOW is the time to stock-up and cash-in on the player’s individual cards and, maybe even more importantly, the the remaining, unopened products from which they can be pulled.
2017-18 NBA Rookies Take Center Stage for Team USA – The Cards
Most players have a total of 32 rookie cards. One for each NBA licensed product released by Panini America during the 2017-18 NBA season. While players have several autographs, from their rookie season, only a small handful are designated as true autographed RCs. True rookie card designation requires a card listed in the base set. However, as evidenced by pricing on the secondary market, no premium is currently placed on true rookie cards.
The 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products containing true rookie autographs, include the following. (Links go to Product Page for more information.)
Each player listed below shows their true autographed rookie cards including RPAs, links to their Beckett profile and secondary market pricing. In addition, an image gallery of some top selling cards is also featured.
2017-18 NBA Rookies Take Center Stage for Team USA – The Details
- 2017-18 Panini Contenders #126A Kyle Kuzma AU/125 RC
- 2017-18 Panini Cornerstones #169 Kyle Kuzma JSY AU/199 RC
- 2017-18 Panini Encased #117, 151, 174, 179 Kyle Kuzma AU RC
- 2017-18 Panini National Treasures #126 Kyle Kuzma JSY AU RC
- 2017-18 Panini Spectra #118 Kyle Kuzma JSY AU/299
- 2017-18 Panini Contenders #113A Donovan Mitchell AU/125 RC
- 2017-18 Panini Cornerstones #163 Donovan Mitchell JSY AU/199 RC
- 2017-18 Panini Encased #102, 150, 180 Donovan Mitchell AU RC EXCH
- 2017-18 Panini National Treasures #113 Donovan Mitchell JSY AU RC
- 2017-18 Panini Spectra #101 Donovan Mitchell JSY AU/299
- 2017-18 Panini Contenders #103A Jayson Tatum AU/125 RC
- 2017-18 Panini Cornerstones #153 Jayson Tatum JSY AU/199 RC
- 2017-18 Panini Encased #126, 162, 171 Jayson Tatum AU RC
- 2017-18 Panini National Treasures #103 Jayson Tatum JSY AU RC
- 2017-18 Panini Spectra #105 Jayson Tatum JSY AU/299
White only has 26 rookie cards. Interestingly, he also has more true rookie autographs and RPAs than any of the aforementioned players.
- 2017-18 Panini Contenders #128A Derrick White AU/125 RC
- 2017-18 Panini Encased #137, 141, 182 Derrick White AU RC
- 2017-18 Panini Impeccable #140 Derrick White JSY AU RC
- 2017-18 Panini National Treasures #128 Derrick White JSY AU RC EXCH
- 2017-18 Panini Spectra #129 Derrick White JSY AU/299 RC
- 2017-18 Panini Vanguard #157 Derrick White JSY AU RC
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